6 Years
Apr 26, 2013
I am brand new here and have to admit I found this site out of desperation! I really am looking forward to spending a little more time here - but for now... My little cochin banty hen has set on some eggs and one chick has hatched. It is about 5 days old now and there are still eggs in the nest which I know were fertile (after canling them) I was just considering that maybe they had died because as of yesterday she left the nest for quite some time. When I checked teh eggs, they were "room temperature". So I had resigned to removing them like tomorrow or so. Then this morning when she went back in on her nest I saw she had moved 2 eggs out of the nest. When I went to go check them out I saw that lo and behold one of the eggs had "pipped" ( a term I just learned here). So I had removed one little piece of the cracked shell and sure enough the chick inside moved. Now I am sure I have "ruined" this process, I gently placed the egg back under the front of the hen. Is that the right thing to do? What should I do if anything?

I know the eggs remaining all were laid at different times and this is the first time ever I have had chickens, they are all last years chicks. Of course I didnt' do any kind of record keeping because I just thought it was "cute" she was setting and I don't no why I never expected anything to come of it- silly me! Now I feel like a full on mid-wife! Any suggestions?

Many Thanks for any information or advice!

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Aug 26, 2009
Out to pasture
Is the pipped chick from an egg hen hen dumped out? If so she may dump it out again or attack it. I would take the hatching egg away and make an impromptu incubator for it.

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